Testing for HIV is the only way to know for sure if you have the virus. Many people show no symptoms and can live for many years without knowing they have the virus. Testing at OASIS Florida is always fast, free, and completely confidential.
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Rapid HIV and syphilis testing is available Monday-Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, in the Pensacola office and 8 am to 5pm in the Fort Walton Beach office. No appointment necessary.
OASIS Florida provides HIV testing using Sure Check, a rapid test that uses a lancet to prick the finger. Results are given within 15 minutes. We also can use OraQuick- a rapid test that uses an oral swab as opposed to pricking the finger with a lancet. There is no pain and results given in 20 minutes.
If the test results are reactive or preliminary positive, then a confirmatory test is done with an OraSure test. This test is done with oral swab as well and the swab is sent to a laboratory for the screening of the HIV antibodies and results come back in 2 weeks.
What the results of a rapid test mean:
REACTIVE- This result means that HIV antibodies have been detected in the specimen. However, a result cannot be confirmed POSITIVE until the OraSure confirmatory test has been administered by Miracle of Love staff and analyzed through a laboratory.
NEGATIVE NON/REACTIVE- This result means that antibodies were not detected in the blood at the time of testing. However, this does not completely rule out the possibility of infection with HIV if you may have come in contact with the virus within the last 3 months.
Samples for this screening is collected through rapid testing, using a lancet to prick the finger. Results are available in 15 minutes.